Margie Orford

Agent: Isobel Dixon

Margie Orford has been described as ‘the Queen of South African crime fiction’ and is the author of the Clare Hart crime series, now translated into nine languages and published by HarperCollins’ Witness Impulse in the US, and Head of Zeus in the UK.

She is an award-winning journalist, photographer, film director, children's author and Fulbright scholar. Born in London, she grew up in southern Africa. She was detained as a student activist during the State of Emergency in 1985 and wrote her finals in prison. While in New York, she worked on the groundbreaking archival retrieval project, WOMEN WRITING AFRICA.  She compiled 15 MEN: WORDS AND IMAGES FROM BEHIND BARS (Jonathan Ball 2008), a collection of writing by men with whom she conducted a nine-month creative writing workshop in Groot Drakenstein Prison (formerly Victor Verster) from 2007 and 2008. She lives in Cape Town, but travels widely as President of South African PEN. She is Patron for the children’s book charity, the Little Hands Trust and for SA RapeCrisis: her concern about violence against women is reflected throughout the Clare Hart series. 
 
In the 5th title in the sexy, pacy Clare Hart series, WATER MUSIC, a baby is found half-frozen but alive on a Cape Town hillside. A talented young cellist disappears from her music school. And Clare Hart finds she is pregnant but hasn’t told her on-off lover troubled cop Riedwaan Faizal. 330 pages.

‘Margie Orford writes with great human insight, at times with poetic beauty, and always the ever-present deep, dark undertow of menace.’ - Peter James

‘Margie Orford is to Cape Town what Val McDermid is to the north of England.’ - Mail & Guardian

‘She gives genre writing swagger.’ - Jonathan Amid, Slipnet

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WATER MUSIC Thriller, 330 pages, Head of Zeus 2014 5th title in pacy Clare Hart series: A baby is found freezing but alive on a Cape Town hillside. A talented cellist disappears from her music school. And Clare is pregnant but hasn’t told her lover, troubled cop Riedwaan. 

WATER MUSIC

Thriller, 330 pages,
Head of Zeus 2014

5th title in pacy Clare Hart series: A baby is found freezing but alive on a Cape Town hillside. A talented cellist disappears from her music school. And Clare is pregnant but hasn’t told her lover, troubled cop Riedwaan. 

BLOOD ROSE Thriller, 296 pages ead of Zeus 2014 A serial killer is targeting homeless boys in Walvis Bay. As part of a cross-border policing initiative, Clare Hart is sent to profile the possible killer. When Captain Riedwaan Faizal, Margie's lover who turned out to be more married than she thought, arrives to aid the investigation and to try to salvage their relationship, she realises that a deadly cargo is set to sail, and their very lives are at stake… 

BLOOD ROSE

Thriller, 296 pages
ead of Zeus 2014


A serial killer is targeting homeless boys in Walvis Bay. As part of a cross-border policing initiative, Clare Hart is sent to profile the possible killer. When Captain Riedwaan Faizal, Margie's lover who turned out to be more married than she thought, arrives to aid the investigation and to try to salvage their relationship, she realises that a deadly cargo is set to sail, and their very lives are at stake… 

DADDY’S GIRL Thriller, 367 pages ead of Zeus 2014 The prequel to the series in which the explosive relationship between her characters Dr Clare Hart and Riedwaan Faizal begins during the desperate search for Faizal's missing daughter. Number 1 on Best of Crime 2011 in The Telegraph Christmas picks.

DADDY’S GIRL

Thriller, 367 pages
ead of Zeus 2014

The prequel to the series in which the explosive relationship between her characters Dr Clare Hart and Riedwaan Faizal begins during the desperate search for Faizal's missing daughter.

Number 1 on Best of Crime 2011 in The Telegraph Christmas picks.

LIKE CLOCKWORK Thriller, 314 pages ead of Zeus 2014 Nominated for the SA Sunday Times Book Awards 2007. Reidwaan Faizal and Clare Hart trail a serial killer targeting young girls in Cape Town, gruesome crimes that may be linked to her research on female trafficking and the gang rape of her twin sister years earlier.

LIKE CLOCKWORK

Thriller, 314 pages
ead of Zeus 2014

Nominated for the SA Sunday Times Book Awards 2007.

Reidwaan Faizal and Clare Hart trail a serial killer targeting young girls in Cape Town, gruesome crimes that may be linked to her research on female trafficking and the gang rape of her twin sister years earlier.